Of course, we would all rather spend a lifetime exploring every nook and cranny of Paris but what do you do if you only have 24 hours in Paris? Maybe you have a long layover or you inadvertently got routed to the city of romance and you just want to see what you can? Whatever the reason, covering Paris in a day is totally do-able! You won’t see everything but you will see enough. Here is a “24 hours in Paris itinerary” covering where to go and how to get there.
24 Hours in Paris
WHERE TO GO & HOW TO GET THERE FOR 24 HOURS IN PARIS
Exit Charles De Gualle and Grab a Taxi [1.5 hours]
If you’re landing in Charles De Gaulle Airport [CDG], allow yourself plenty of time to get through customs and out to the taxis. CDG is one of the largest, busiest, and chaotic airports on this planet so allow plenty of time there. The airport is also located on the outskirts of the city so keep that in mind. Once you’re able to grab a taxi, allot about an hour to get to your first stop.
Eiffel Tower [2-3 hours]
This one is probably a no brainer but the first stop in Paris is to the Eiffel Tower. Have the cab drop you off at Trocadero Square just across the bridge. From there, not only will you have magnificent views of the tower but it is the perfect photo opp!
After you’re done getting pics for the Gram, take the scenic route across the plaza, over the Sienne, and scale the tower. Book your tickets to the top of the tower in advance. There are a surprising amount of restaurants and shops inside the tower so add an extra hour or if you plan to shop and/or dine.
Champs Elysees [1 hour]
If you’re up for the walk, take the 30-minute [1.5-mile] walk to Champs Elysees. Stroll down the luxurious street, ogle Louis Vuitton purses, grab lunch at Five Guys [who doesn’t want an American burger in Paris?], then get some macarons and hot chocolate from the iconic Laduree.
Arc de Triomphe [30 minutes]
End your leisurely stroll at the Arc de Triomphe which is right at the end of the street. Take some gorgeous shots and then hail a taxi for your next stop.
Notre Dame [10 minutes]
This one is a bit of a cheat because we’re not going to get out of the car. Ask your taxi driver to please route you past the Notre Dame on the way to your next stop.
Note: If you really want to see the interior of the Notre Dame, add more time to this stop and take some away elsewhere [like the visit to Le Palais Royal].
The Louvre [30 minutes]
You won’t have enough time to tour this gorgeous monstrosity so use this time to explore the grounds and take a picture grabbing the top of the pyramid. You know the picture I’m talking about!
Tuileries Garden [45 minutes]
Pop over next door and check out the Tuileries Garden. Sit by the lake, enjoy the scenery and watch the locals. Then get ready for your next destination.
Le Palais Royal [2-4 hours]
Take a brisk 10-minute walk [0.6 miles] from Tuileries Garden to Le Palais Royal. There is plenty to see and learn here but if you’re short on time make it fast. Save time for a swank Parisian dinner at the Restaurant Du Palais Royal before heading to your final stop for the day.
Eiffel Tower at Night [1 hour]
Now that you’re tired and full, it’s time to catch a taxi back to the Eiffel Tower to see the twinkling lights. Perfect end cap to a picture-perfect day in Paris.
WHERE TO STAY FOR 24 HOURS IN PARIS
If You Have An Early Departure
Stay near Charles De Gaulle Airport. It will save you a lot of headache when trying to catch your departing flight after 24 hours in Paris.
If You Have a Later Departure
Stay within the city limits. This will give you a place to stop off for a nap in the middle of the day if you are jet-lagged. It’ll also afford you more time and opportunity to see the sights. My favorite area is Les Marais as it will put you right in the action.
Do-able, right [and dare I say FUN]? Have you done 24 hours in Paris? Leave a comment below!